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September 22, 2014

Freedom isn't free.

No need to tell that to Colin Kaepernick. He already knows.

Kaepernick was fined $11,000 after he was overheard uttering something that may have sounded like the 'n' word.

The 26-year-old plays quarterback for the 49ers. It was during a game with the Bears that he spoke the unspeakable.

Kaepernick says he didn't do it. A ref said he did do it. That's all that matters in the NFL.

No trial. No jury. No justice.

Granted, footballers are well known for their salty talk and are occasionally heard uttering four-letter words that were once banished from television by the FCC.

There is one word, however, that is far more offensive than any other word.

So much for free speech.

It's not that we're condoning the use of racial pejoratives. The same common courtesy that compels us to hold doors for strangers and refrain from belching in church prods our sensitivities to respect the dignity of others; even when they do such offensive things as intercepting a pass that leads to a touchdown.

Kaepernick's birth father, by the way, was black. That makes the quarterback as black as Obama.

For the record, Kaepernick signed a 6 year / $114 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers that included a $12,328,766 signing bonus, $61,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $19,000,000.

So say nothing about white privilege. I find it as offensive as the 'n' word.

While I'm guessing the fine won't infringe upon his lifestyle, it does infringe upon his rights.

After all, there are greater crimes than uttering the 'n' word.

Aren't there?

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  1. This incident had nothing to do with "free-speech" or constitutional rights. He was "fined" by his employers within the bounds of an employment contract he signed.

    1. You miss the point, Chris.

      The post isn't about Constitutional rights or contracts, but about politically correctness bypassing our Constitutional rights through contracts.

      I'd like to see the rule, "Thou shalt not say the 'n' word" then wonder, aloud, why THAT word is excluding while other equally offensive terms (like 'racist') are not included. When the black Redskins ran on the field with their arms raised, I found that to be offensive and patently racist. It's also free speech the should not be impeded by contractual force.

    2. The word "ni**er" falls in the common group of words known as profanity. Using profanity while on the job is usually considered grounds for punishment, if not outright termination. Sure you can drag out all the racial connotations and debate, but disregarding all that, it is still considered a "curse word".

      Right now the NFL is practicing "damage control" because of all the recent scandals. That they selected this particular incident and this particular player, I think says it is more directed toward ALL players in the NFL , to clean up their act and speech. Making the "racial point" is merely used here for emphasizing this bigger issue,players need to act and talk more civilly as the NFL looks pretty bad right now.

  2. You can go to Walmart or wherever and witness people cussing out their kids. I tend to give them my best "if looks could kill" glare. Especially when my child is with me.

    1. Or point your iPhone camera at them, the say, "See you on YouTube!"

    2. great way to get trashed in the parking lot man.

  3. I had an employee get into an argument with a black guy. He called him every name in the book, and my employee said, "typical ni**er". The guy cried racism, called the cops and my guy was arrested for "hate speech" and had to go in front of magistrate and it was carried over for trial.

    Saying that word is actually a crime now. No free speech allowed.